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GTI Insights

GTI Insights

By Global Taiwan Institute
GTI Insights is a podcast produced by the Global Taiwan Institute, a 501(c)3 policy think tank based in Washington, D.C.
GTI Insights consist of brief, timely interviews with a wide range of journalists, activists, and policy experts. From security and defense matters to diplomatic, trade, and social issues, the podcast will explore a variety of topics related to Taiwan and its place in the world. In doing so, it will work to shed light on the unique challenges and opportunities facing the island democracy in an uncertain world.
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GTI Insights Season 3, Episode 7: A Conversation with Prashanth Parameswaran on ASEAN's Approach to Taiwan, China, and the United States
In this episode of GTI Insights, GTI Program Manager Marshall Reid interviews Dr. Prashanth Parameswaran, a fellow with the Wilson Center’s Asia Program. In a wide-ranging discussion, Parameswaran shares his perspectives on ASEAN's approach to the Taiwan Strait, the recent US-ASEAN Special Summit, and prospects for greater Taiwan-ASEAN engagement in the wake of the announcement of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework.
31:07
June 10, 2022
GTI Insights Season 3, Episode 6: A Conversation with Seong-Hyon Lee on South Korea's Approach to Taiwan
In this episode of GTI Insights, GTI Program Manager Marshall Reid and Intern David Calhoun interview Dr. Seong-Hyon Lee, a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and a senior fellow at the George W. Bush Foundation for US-China Relations. In a fascinating discussion, Lee shares his perspectives on the South Korea-Taiwan relationship, the implications of the 2022 Korean Presidential Election, and Korea’s role in regional security arrangements.
29:60
May 02, 2022
Season 3, Episode 5: A Conversation with Matej Šimalčik on Slovakia's Unique Approach to China and Taiwan
In this episode of GTI Insights, GTI Program Manager Marshall Reid and Program Assistant Zoë Weaver-Lee interview Matej Šimalčik, the Executive Director of the Central European Institute of Asian Studies in Bratislava, Slovakia. In an engaging discussion, Šimalčik shares his perspectives on Slovakia’s views on the cross-Strait relationship, China’s role in Central and Eastern Europe, and the future of Europe’s responses to authoritarian coercion.
33:43
April 11, 2022
Season 3, Episode 4: A Conversation with Brian Hioe on Expanding US Awareness of Taiwan
In this episode of GTI Insights, GTI Program Manager Marshall Reid and Intern Adrienne Wu interview Brian Hioe, an activist, journalist, and co-founder of New Bloom magazine. In a wide-ranging discussion, Hioe shares his unique perspectives on Taiwan's efforts to expand its profile worldwide, growing United States-Taiwan cultural links, and the challenges associated with presenting Taiwan to US audiences.
23:10
March 25, 2022
Season 3, Episode 3: A Conversation with Michael Zickerick on Germany's Cross-Strait Approach
In this episode of GTI Insights, GTI Program Manager Marshall Reid interviews Dr. Michael Zickerick, the Vice-Chairman of the German-Taiwan Association. In a fascinating discussion, Zickerick shares his thoughts on Germany's approach to China and Taiwan, German-Taiwan medical diplomacy, and the future of Germany's Taiwan policy under Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
29:24
March 08, 2022
Season 3, Episode 2: A Conversation with Saša Istenič on Slovenia's Growing Relationship with Taiwan
In this episode of GTI Insights, GTI Program Associate Marshall Reid and Intern David Calhoun interview Dr. Saša Istenič, an assistant professor of sinology and director of the Taiwan Study Center at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. In an informative conversation, Istenič shares her thoughts on Slovenia's recent outreach to Taiwan, domestic fears of Chinese retribution, and the future of Ljubljana's participation in the 17+1 Initiative.
23:45
February 21, 2022
Season 3, Episode 1: A Conversation with Margaret Myers on Taiwan's Diplomatic Position in Central America
In this episode of GTI Insights, GTI Program Associate Marshall Reid interviews Margaret Myers, the director of the Asia and Latin America Program at the Inter-American Dialogue. In an engaging and timely discussion, Myers shares her perspectives on Taiwan's complex diplomatic and economic relations with Central America, Taiwan Vice President Lai Ching-te's recent visit to Honduras, and the future of Taiwan-China competition in the region.
28:37
February 07, 2022
Season 2, Episode 16: A Conversation with Ambassador Mohamed Hagi on Taiwan's Evolving Relationship with Somaliland
In this episode of GTI Insights, GTI Program Associate Marshall Reid and Intern Henry Walsh interview Ambassador Mohamed Omar Hagi Mohamoud, the Chief Representative of the Republic of Somaliland Representative Office in Taiwan. In a compelling interview, Dr. Hagi shares his thoughts on Taiwan and Somaliland's growing relationship, Taiwan's economic investments in the Horn of Africa, and opportunities for the two to help each other on the international stage.
22:04
November 30, 2021
Season 2, Episode 15: A Conversation with Tuhi Martukaw on Opportunities and Challenges for Taiwan's Indigenous Communities
In this episode of GTI Insights, GTI Program Associate Marshall Reid and Intern Adrienne Wu interview Tuhi Martukaw, a Taiwanese Indigenous rights activist, journalist, and founder of the LIMA Taiwan Indigenous Youth Working Group. In a captivating interview, Martukaw shares her unique insights on current challenges facing Taiwan's Indigenous communities, the changing state of Indigenous identity in Taiwan, and domestic political efforts to engage with Indigenous peoples. 
36:12
November 16, 2021
Season 2, Episode 14: A Conversation with Konstantinas Andrijauskas on Lithuania's Withdrawal from the 17+1 and Ties with Taiwan
In this episode of GTI Insights, GTI Program Associate Marshall Reid and Research Associate Katherine Schultz interview Dr. Konstantinas Andrijauskas, associate professor of Asian studies and international politics at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science at Vilnius University. In a wide-ranging interview, Dr. Andrijauskas shares his unique perspectives on the factors that led to Lithuania's withdrawal from the 17+1, Vilnius' role in challenging Chinese influence in Central and Eastern Europe, and its growing relationship with Taiwan.
37:12
November 01, 2021
Season 2, Episode 13: A Conversation with Tamás Matura on Hungary's Complex Relations with China and Taiwan
In this episode of GTI Insights, GTI Program Associate Marshall Reid and Research Associate Katherine Schultz interviewed Dr. Tamás Matura, an assistant professor at Corvinus University in Budapest and the founder of the Central and Eastern European Center for Asian Studies. In a compelling interview, Matura shares his unique perspectives on Hungary's complex relationship with China, the future of the 17+1 Initiative, and the implications of the upcoming Hungarian elections for Hungary-Taiwan ties.
36:27
October 19, 2021
Season 2, Episode 12: A Conversation with Srikanth Kondapalli on India's Relations with China and Taiwan
In this episode of GTI Insights, GTI Program Associate Marshall Reid interviews Dr. Srikanth Kondapalli, a professor of Chinese Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. In a timely and expansive conversation, Kondapalli shares his perspectives on India's increasingly tense relationship with China, India's role in regional defense arrangements, and prospects for expanded India-Taiwan ties.
35:55
August 17, 2021
Season 2, Episode 11: A Conversation with Natasha Kassam on Australia's Approach to China and Taiwan
In this episode of GTI Insights, GTI Program Associate Marshall Reid and Program Assistant Zoë Weaver interview Natasha Kassam, the director of the Public Opinion and Foreign Policy Program at the Lowy Institute. In a fascinating conversation, Kassam shares her perspectives on Australia's deteriorating relationship with China, growing concerns regarding Chinese influence in Australia, and expanding ties between Australia and Taiwan.
28:58
August 02, 2021
Season 2, Episode 10: A Conversation with Ttcat and Tim Niven on Chinese Information Operations in Taiwan
In Season 2, Episode 10 of GTI Insights, GTI Program Associate Marshall Reid interviews Ttcat and Tim Niven, the chief executive officer and research scientist, respectively, at the Taiwan-based Doublethink Lab. In a timely and wide-ranging interview, they discuss their recent report, "Deafening Whispers: China’s Information Operation and Taiwan’s 2020 Election," and share their thoughts on Chinese disinformation tactics and Taiwan's efforts to resist them.
32:49
July 16, 2021
Season 2, Episode 9: A Conversation with Björn Jerdén on Sweden's Approach to China and Taiwan
In this episode of GTI Insights, GTI Program Associate Marshall Reid and Research Associate Katherine Schultz interview Dr. Björn Jerdén, the director of the Swedish National China Centre at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. In an illuminating conversation, Dr. Jerdén shares his perspectives on Sweden-China relations, China's changing relationship with the EU, and the potential for expanded EU-Taiwan ties.
29:19
June 10, 2021
Season 2, Episode 8: A Conversation with Oriana Skylar Mastro on US Policy in the Taiwan Strait
In this episode of GTI Insights, GTI Program Associate Marshall Reid interviews Dr. Oriana Skylar Mastro, a Center Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University and a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. In a timely and engaging interview, she shares her perspectives on the current state of the cross-Strait relationship, Chinese foreign policy and decision-making, and the future of US deterrence in East Asia.
28:16
May 21, 2021
Season 2, Episode 7: A Conversation with Jessie Lau on Transnational Solidarity and Social Movements in the Asia-Pacific
In this episode of GTI Insights, we interview Jessie Lau, a freelance journalist and Editor-in-Chief at NüVoices. In a fascinating and wide-ranging discussion, Lau shares her thoughts on transnational solidarity between social movements in the Asia-Pacific, efforts to combat violence against Asian communities, and Taiwan's role as a regional progressive leader. Producers: Marshall Reid, Jack Liu Hosts: Sophia Knight, Marshall Reid Editor: Joseph Ross Music: Joseph Ross
29:40
May 03, 2021
Season 2, Ep. 6: A Conversation with Madoka Fukuda on the US-Japan Relationship and its Implications for Taiwan
We interviewed Dr. Madoka Fukuda, a professor of international politics and China studies at the Department of Global Politics at Hosei University and a visiting scholar at Academia Sinica in Taiwan. In a wide-ranging conversation, Fukuda shares her perspectives on the current state of US-Japan relations, the implications of the Biden-Suga meeting, and Japan's role in cross-Strait relations. Producers: Marshall Reid, Jack Liu Hosts: Marshall Reid, Joseph Ross Editor: Jack Liu Music: Joseph Ross This podcast was produced with assistance from GTI Spring 2021 intern Gavin Stark
21:07
April 16, 2021
Season 2, Ep. 5: A Conversation with Kharis Templeman on Taiwan's Democratic System and the Threats it Faces
We interviewed Dr. Kharis Templeman, a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. In a compelling discussion, Templeman discusses his thoughts on the current state of Taiwan's democratic system, internal and external threats it faces, and the role Taiwan can potentially play in supporting democracy in East Asia. Producers: Marshall Reid, Jack Liu Hosts: Marshall Reid, Daniel Anaforian Editor: Jack Liu Music: Joseph Ross This podcast was produced with assistance from GTI Spring 2021 intern Gavin Stark
33:09
April 01, 2021
Season 2, Ep. 4: A Conversation with Didi Kirsten Tatlow on the Hong Kong Protests and their Implications
We interviewed Didi Kirsten Tatlow, a Senior Fellow in the Asia Program at the German Council on Foreign Relations, a Senior Non-Resident Fellow with Project Sinopsis, and the co-editor and co-author of a recent book, “China's Quest for Foreign Technology: Beyond Espionage." In a fascinating interview, Tatlow shares her thoughts on China's increasingly authoritarian approach to the Hong Kong protests, the potential implications of these tactics for Taiwan, and the role Western democracies can play in countering Chinese aggression. Producers: Marshall Reid, Jack Liu Hosts: Marshall Reid, Isabel Eliassen Editor: Jack Liu Music: Joseph Ross
33:47
March 19, 2021
Season 2, Ep. 3: A Conversation with Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian on China's Global Influence Operations
We interviewed Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, a China reporter at Axios. Through her in-depth investigative reporting, Allen-Ebrahimian has broken several major news stories, including recent investigations into Chinese influence over US tech companies and efforts to suppress criticism worldwide. In a wide-ranging conversation, she shares her thoughts on China's arsenal of influence tactics, Taiwan's long experience with Chinese United Front activity, and growing global efforts to push back on Beijing's influence. Producers: Marshall Reid, Jack Liu Hosts: Marshall Reid, Joseph Ross Editor: Jack Liu Music: Joseph Ross This podcast was produced with assistance from GTI Spring 2021 intern Isabel Eliassen
24:43
March 01, 2021
Season 2, Ep. 2: A Conversation with Janka Oertel on the EU's Changing Approach to China and Taiwan
We interviewed Dr. Janka Oertel, the director of the Asia program and senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). At ECFR, Oertel conducts research on a wide range of topics, including EU-China relations, US-China relations, and 5G and emerging technologies. In an engaging interview, she shares her perspectives on the current state of EU-China relations, the potential for expanded transatlantic cooperation under the Biden administration, and opportunities for Taiwan to expand its footprint in Europe. Producer: Marshall Reid, Jack Liu Hosts: Marshall Reid, Joseph Ross Edit: Jack Liu Music: Joseph Ross
22:47
February 01, 2021
Season 2, Ep. 1: A Conversation with Mike Hunzeker on Security Dynamics in the Taiwan Strait
We interviewed Dr. Mike Hunzeker. Hunzeker currently serves as an assistant professor and associate director of the Center for Security Policy Studies at George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government, where he conducts research on deterrence, war termination, military adaptation, and simulation design. In a fascinating interview, he shares his insights on the current balance of military power in the Taiwan Strait, Chinese military doctrine, and Taiwanese readiness for a potential attack. Producer: Marshall Reid, Jack Liu Hosts: Marshall Reid, Joseph Ross Edit: Jack Liu Music: Joseph Ross
26:29
January 05, 2021
Season 1, Ep. 10: A Conversation with Jamie Fly on the 2020 US Election and the Transatlantic Approach to Asia
We interviewed US policy analyst Jamie Fly. Currently based in Berlin, Fly serves as the newest member of GTI’s Advisory Board, as well as a Senior Fellow and Senior Advisor to the President at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, where he researches transatlantic relations, EU foreign policy, and the relationship between the US, Europe, and China. In a wide-ranging interview, he shares his thoughts on the Trump administration's approach to the Taiwan Strait, potential impacts of Joe Biden's election and subsequent cabinet nominations, and shifting European opinions on China and Taiwan. Producer: Marshall Reid, Jack Liu Hosts: Marshall Reid, Jack Liu Edit: Jack Liu Music: Joseph Ross
24:24
December 01, 2020
Season 1, Ep. 9: A Conversation with Robert Sutter on the Impacts of the 2020 Election on US Taiwan Policy
We interviewed US scholar and professor Dr. Robert Sutter, who currently serves as Professor of Practice of International Affairs at the Elliott School at George Washington University, is a leading authority on the history and practice of US foreign policy in East Asia. In the wake of a tumultuous US presidential election, Dr. Sutter draws on his wealth of experience to provide insights into recent developments in Chinese foreign policy, the Trump administration's approach to Taiwan, and the future of US-Taiwan relations during the Biden administration. Producer: Marshall Reid, Jack Liu Hosts: Marshall Reid, Joseph Ross Edit: Jack Liu Music: Joseph Ross
27:43
November 24, 2020
Season 1, Ep. 8: A Conversation with Ming-sho Ho on Social Movements in Taiwan and Hong Kong
We interviewed Taiwanese scholar and sociologist Dr. Ming-sho Ho. Ho, who currently serves as a professor of sociology at National Taiwan University, is a leading expert on modern social movements in Taiwan and Hong Kong, as well as the complex relationship between identity and politics. In an informative and timely interview, Ho shares his thoughts on the legacy of the Sunflower and Umbrella Movements, the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, and the role of China as an adversary. Producer: Marshall Reid, Jack Liu Host: Marshall Reid, Jack Liu Edit: Joseph Ross Music: Joseph Ross
41:54
November 02, 2020
Season 1, Ep. 7: A Conversation with Shelley Rigger on Taiwan's Domestic Political Trends
We interviewed Taiwan scholar Dr. Shelley Rigger. Rigger, who serves as the Brown Professor of Political Science at Davidson College and is a member of GTI's Advisory Board, has long been recognized as a leading expert on Taiwan's domestic politics, demography, and identity. In an informative interview, Rigger sheds light on Taiwan's shifting electoral politics, youth issues, and relationship with China. Producer: Marshall Reid, Jack Liu Host: Marshall Reid, Joseph Ross Edit: Jack Liu Music: Joseph Ross
36:20
October 01, 2020
Season 1, Ep. 6: A Conversation with J. Michael Cole on Cross-Strait Relations since 2016
We interviewed journalist and scholar J. Michael Cole. A Senior Non-Resident Fellow with GTI, Cole is a leading expert on Taiwanese foreign policy and domestic politics. In a wide-ranging interview, Cole discusses his thoughts on cross-Strait relations, Chinese foreign policy, as well as his recent book, Cross-Strait Relations since 2016: The End of the Illusion, which provides a comprehensive overview of the Taiwan-China relationship. Producer: Marshall Reid, Jack Liu Host: Marshall Reid, Joseph Ross Edit: Joseph Ross, Jack Liu Music: Joseph Ross
49:13
September 01, 2020
Season 1, Ep. 5: A Conversation with J. Michael Cole on CCP Influence Operations in the Media in Taiwan
We spoke with GTI Non-Resident Fellow J. Michael Cole about CCP influence operations in the media directed at Taiwan citizens, and the implications of these operations on the upcoming January 2020 presidential elections in Taiwan. Producer: Marzia Borsoi-Kelly Host: Marzia Borsoi-Kelly Edit: Jack Liu Music: Joseph Ross
17:12
August 02, 2019
Season 1, Ep. 4: A Conversation with Michael Fonte on the 2020 Presidential Elections in Taiwan
We talked with Director of the DPP Mission in the US Michael Fonte about the DPP primary nomination of President Tsai and her campaign leading up to the January 2020 presidential elections in Taiwan. Producer: Marzia Borsoi-Kelly Host: Marzia Borsoi-Kelly Edit: Jack Liu Music: Joseph Ross
15:36
July 10, 2019
Season 1, Ep. 3: A Conversation with Lt. Gen. Gregson on the Recent US-Taiwan-Japan Joint Declaration
We invited former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, Lt. Gen. Gregson (USMC, ret.), to speak about the recent US-Taiwan-Japan joint declaration calling for enhanced American, Taiwanese, and Japanese cooperation in response to the PRC’s increasing “grey zone” tactics and pressure on Taiwan. Producer: Marzia Borsoi-Kelly Host: Marzia Borsoi-Kelly Edit: Jack Liu Music: Joseph Ross
07:46
July 06, 2019
Season 1, Ep. 2: A Conversation with Crison Chien on the Ways Taiwan Provides Development Aids
We talked with Professor Crison Chien from National Taiwan University about the ways in which Taiwan provides development aid, what are some of its unique aspects, and how its approach differs from countries with larger budgets. Producer: Marzia Borsoi-Kelly Host: Marzia Borsoi-Kelly Edit: Jack Liu Music: Joseph Ross
14:28
July 03, 2019
Season 1, Ep. 1: A Conversation with Scott Harold on the Strengths and Challenges of Taiwan’s Development Assistance
We interviewed Scott W. Harold, the associate director of the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy and they discuss the strengths and challenges of Taiwan’s development assistance, as well as Scott’s newly release report “Countering China’s Efforts to Isolate Taiwan Diplomatically in Latin American and the Caribbean: The Role of Development Assistance and Disaster Relief.” Producer: Marzia Borsoi-Kelly Host: Marzia Borsoi-Kelly Edit: Jack Liu Music: Joseph Ross
16:39
March 29, 2019